Saturday March 23 2019
Azzurri have a goals problem

The biggest problem Italy need to confront is with goals, not scoring more than once in a competitive match since June 2017.

The Azzurri begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at 19.45 GMT against Finland in Udine.

They are in Group J along with Liechtenstein, Armenia and Bosnia.

Roberto Mancini’s men have struggled to find the net in recent months and it is a problem that stretches well beyond his tenure.

In 2018, Italy only scored more than one goal in a single game: the 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on May 28, which also happened to be Mancini’s debut.

More disconcertingly, the last time Italy had more than one goal in a competitive match was the 5-0 drubbing of Liechtenstein on June 11, 2017.

Curiously, that 2018 World Cup qualifier was also played at the Dacia Arena in Udine, where the Azzurri will be in action this evening.

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